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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Apr 19, 1775: The "shot heard around the world" was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution.

Apr 19, 1993: The siege at Waco, Texas, ended when FBI moved into the Branch Davidian compound with tear gas and cult members set fire to the compound killing over 80 people.

Apr 19, 1995: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history up to that time.

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Apr 18, 1775: Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution.

Apr 18, 1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over 4 sq mi. and killed over 500 people.

Apr 18, 1968: London Bridge was sold to an American. It was rebuilt in Arizona.

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Apr 18, 1895: The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.

Apr 18, 1937: Daffy Duck made his debut in Porky's Duck Hunt.

Apr 18, 1969: Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.

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Apr 17, 1917: Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.

Apr 17, 1972: China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.

Apr 17, 1746: The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.

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Apr 16, 1912: Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.

Apr 16, 1955: Ray Kroc acquired McDonald's and opened his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill., today the official McDonald’s Corporate Museum.

Apr 16, 1996: The 100th Boston Marathon was won by Moses Tanui of Kenya.

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Apr 15, 1828: Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.

Apr 15, 1865: Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Apr 15, 1894: The first kinetoscope parlor opened in New York City.

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Apr 14, 1598: The Edict of Nantes gave religious tolerance to the Huguenots in France.

Apr 14, 1970: Apollo 13 announced "Houston, we've got a problem," when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the Moon.

Apr 14, 1975: Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.

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Apr 14, 1861: The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.

Apr 14, 1955: The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was called "safe, effective, and potent."


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